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Reader’s comment: An ex-teacher’s view


In response to Chris McGovern: It’s not the pay that puts people off teaching,39 Pontiac Dream wrote:

It wasn’t pay that drew me to teaching and it wasn’t pay that made me walk away from it. It was the lowering of expectations, teaching standards and the discouragement of reciprocal learning that took me away. I despised the dictatorial methods I was being asked to use and the lack of debate. I despised that students were, in effect, being drip-fed rather than engaging with the subject. I hated the fact that my subject was being diminished by censorship and political correctness and I hated that my colleagues were happy to toe the line, rather complaining about long hours and pay rather than falling standards.

Every time I read an article like this, I am happy with my decision to step away. Colleges don’t need teachers like me, they need automatons who are happy to toe the line. So much for the students.

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